Gelten the Great as C Graders Rule!

It was Jim Gelten’s day at Keith on Saturday as he fired a winning round to take out the Goldsmith Plumbing Stableford event at Keith.

Gelten turned on the C Grade style at a time of year when the A Grade players normally rule the course, firing the best score of the day, 38 points in cool but pleasant conditions. The diminutive left hander, while not a big hitter crafted his way strategically around the course, with no special prizes for sharp shots or long drives, but a great score to cap off his round. It was a day where C Graders responded to the challenge, with Dean Dunsford firing a cool 36 points to take second place for the day. The strong performances continued for the day in the C Grade, with Don Cook and Barry Cakebread playing their way to credible scores of 32 points each.

Traditionally the time of year where the A Graders shine, there was still some notable efforts in the grade. Steve Gurr shot his normal solid round, returning to the clubhouse with 35 points, cutting out Simon Leek by virtue of a count back. Leek’s round included a Nearest the Pin effort on the ninth hole, where he shot to three metres from the hole, and sunk the birdie putt. It wasn’t the only big putting effort from Leek, as he sunk a monster putt from ten metres on the twelfth hole to keep himself and Daren O’Neill in a Wittalocka contest against Tony Richman and Rodney Rowsell. Richman had his moments as well however, as he shot his way to third place in the A Grade with 34 points, sinking a crucial fifteen metre putt from well off the green at the eighth hole, on their way to a closing out a win, two up on the eighteenth.

The B Grade was the grade of the battlers, with Pete Rivett the shining light on an impressive 37 points, which included a Nearest the Pin on the fourteenth. Second place in the grade went to O’Neill on a lowly 28 points, Bob Dicker coming in third on 27 points. The rest of the sharpshooting prizes saw a domination by A Grade players. Rodney Rowsell dribbled a tee shot onto the front edge of the dangerous fourth hole, where the flag was skillfully placed to invite doom to errant putts and chips, with Richman’s effort at a cross green putt just missing the hole and then arcing it’s way down to the bottom of the green, as did Leek’s near miracle chip from a similar angle. Rowsell held his nerve on his uphill putt to get the ball close enough to sink a par putt, which was the best score on the hole for the day. Of the other par 3s, Shaun Groth launched his tee shot closest on the eleventh, while Richman produced the nearest in two on the par 4 third hole.

Wednesday’s Stroke round, sponsored by Retail Therapy saw players tough it out in conditions that improved greatly as the round progressed. The course played well but was tough on the errors, with Michelle Moreton fighting it out for the best score of the day to win Division One on a Nett 74 for her efforts which included her chip in on the fourth hole. Of the other Division One players Gill Brook also stood out on the day, with a Nett 81 while Ann Milkins continued her good form since joining the club, with a Nett 81 to be third. In Division Two Tania Kennett’s recent good form continued when she shot a Nett 75, including the straightest drive on the 12th hole. The initially cool and damp conditions did present their challenges to players, with only one Nearest the Pin going, when Lesleigh Edwards put her ball closest the hole on the fourteenth.

The action continues in the coming weeks with the Mens and Ladies competitions now building towards club championships qualifications. On Saturday, players will vie for the ANZ Bank Par round, followed by the Keith IGA Stableford event on July 9th. This Wednesday the Ladies compete for the Henry & Rose Par event, followed by a Stableford round on July 6th.



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